Enforcement chief must prove himself
INDIANAPOLIS — Jonathan Duncan has 18 months to prove he can run the NCAA's enforcement department effectively, efficiently and within the rules. Then president Mark Emmert will decide if he keep the job permanently.
After three full days in his new job, Duncan said he has been told he will have 11/2 years to restore the public image of an enforcement division reeling from a botched investigation of Miami's football and basketball programs.
"I think we can get a lot done in that time," Duncan said.
He replaces Julie Roe Lach. She was forced out March 1 for allowing the NCAA to pay the lawyer of jailed booster Nevin Shapiro to collect evidence in the Miami case, a violation of NCAA rules.
"These department members are … skilled, trained, experienced individuals," Duncan said. "But they're human, and the recent events have had an effect on them. But I have confidence that we can move forward and do this very difficult task."
Nadal routs Federer to reach semifinals
Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer 6-4, 6-2 in the BNP Paribas Open quarters in Indian Wells, Calif. It was their earliest matchup since their first in 2004. Nadal faces Tomas Berdych, who defeated Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4. In today's quarters, it's Novak Djokovic vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Andy Murray vs. Juan Martin Del Potro. Also, Victoria Azarenka (right ankle) and Tampa resident Sam Stosur (right calf) withdrew, setting up a Caroline Wozniacki vs. Angelique Kerber semi. The other is Maria Sharapova vs. Maria Kirilenko.
Olympic champion takes lead at worlds
Kim Yu-na of South Korea won the short program at the world championships in London, Ontario. The 2010 Olympic champ earned 69.97 points, 3.11 more than Carolina Kostner of Italy. The free skate is today. U.S. champ Ashley Wagner is fifth, and Gracie Gold is ninth. They need a combined final placement of 13th or better for the United States to get a third Olympic spot.
Ice dancing: Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the short program. Their 77.12 points were 3.25 more than Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. The free dance is today.
Jesuit to hold 20-year football reunion
Players from Jesuit's 1992 state runnerup football team will hold a reunion at noon Saturday at the school's Bell Tower. Later, players, trainers and coaches will be honored at the baseball team's game at Paul Straub Field. For details, call Nico Hohman at (813) 877-5344, Ext. 709.
Obituary: Jack Curran, who coached basketball and baseball at New York's Archbishop Molloy High for 58 years, died. He was 83. His players included future NBA standouts Kenny Smith and Kenny Anderson. His 972 basketball wins and 1,708 baseball wins are state records.
Skiing: World Cup super-G races in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, were canceled because of fog and high winds. That let Austria's Marcel Hirscher clinch the overall title and Slovenia's Tina Maze the super-G title. Maze also won the overall title.
Basketball: Former WNBA player and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from an argument and shooting in November in Atlanta. Holdsclaw was arrested after an argument with Tulsa Shock player Jennifer Lacy, who told police she was Holdsclaw's ex-girlfriend.